5 Incredible Things Bee Pollen Can Do For Your Health
Bee pollen has special properties that make it amazing for your health. Don’t miss out!
Do you know what bee pollen can do for your health? Have you tried it? It is much less popular than honey, but it actually is good for you in a lot of different ways. The popularity of honey over pollen isn’t that strange if you think about it, considering that honey is sweet and quite useful in both beauty products and in the kitchen.
What is bee pollen?
Before talking about its benefits, you should learn what it is. Bees collect pollen from plants as part of their daily work. As they do, the pollen mixes with nectar or secretions from their salivary glands.
Then the collected pollen is kept in certain parts of the beehive, where it’s covered with honey and wax. The seal allows fermentation to take place, which makes the pollen more nutritious. After some time, the fermented pollen serves as food for the bees.
The result is a powder enriched with over 250 elements, including fats, vitamins, micronutrients, amino acids, and flavonoids.
What bee pollen can do for your health
Now that you know where bee pollen comes from, it’s time to talk about its benefits. Below you’ll see that they’re numerous and rather interesting:
1. It gives you energy
First of all, bee pollen is energizing. It’s especially good for people who have a busy schedule and get home too exhausted to do anything else. The reason it’s so energizing is because it contains proteins, carbohydrates, and vitamin B.
While other sources of protein and carbohydrates will do, bee pollen doesn’t add any extra calories. That makes it a better choice than store-bought granola bars, bread, or cereal, for example.
2. It makes your skin look better
Are you tired of trying all kinds of cleansers and masks to make your skin look better? Do you have eczema or psoriasis? Then you should know that another benefit of bee pollen is that it can significantly improve the appearance of your skin. In fact, you’ve probably used products that contain it.
The reason it’s so good for your skin is because it’s packed with vitamins and amino acids that protect your skin and regenerate cells. To see these results, you can either add bee pollen to your diet or use this mask:
- 1/2 cup of natural yogurt
- 1 teaspoon of natural bee pollen
- Wash your face with warm water and a neutral soap.
- Mix the yogurt and pollen.
- Apply it to your face by rubbing it in circular motions.
- Let it sit for 30 minutes.
- Finally, rinse with warm water.
3. It protects your respiratory system
Do you have asthma? If you do, then you know about the inflammation and frequent lung issues that are related to it.
Well, one of the benefits of bee pollen is that it contains antioxidants that reduce inflammation in your lungs. That means your problems could significantly improve. For a longer-lasting effect, make bee pollen a regular part of your diet.
4. Bee pollen helps with allergies
There are all kinds of things in your daily life you’re exposed to that could cause allergies. Sometimes it’s a passing thing and easy to treat, but other times it’s a chronic problem.
Another benefit of bee pollen is found in the histamine it contains, which helps improve allergy symptoms. Just remember to talk to your doctor to keep the situation from getting worse, since the histamine won’t solve everything.
5. It is a powerful antioxidant
In 2015, a study showed that enzymes in bee pollen can greatly help with serious illnesses, including:
- Cardiovascular problems
It is known that fermented foods like miso, cheese, and vinegar have similar effects. However, it may be easier to get the benefits by consuming bee pollen. All you have to do is add to your morning routine.
How can I take advantage of bee pollen?
While consuming bee pollen isn’t very common yet, it’s not hard. You’ll usually see it in these forms:
- Natural powder. You can buy bee pollen in natural food markets and stir it into your natural yogurt or green smoothie. It may add a slightly bitter taste, but it may not change the flavor at all. Counteract the bitterness by adding half a teaspoon of honey.
- Capsules. If the powder isn’t your thing, you can buy bee pollen capsules. They’re usually budget-friendly, but make sure that they’re actually natural. Buy them at reputable stores and look for an official stamp.
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